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Archive | March 25, 2013

5 Ideas To Help You Create A Layout Faster

Whether the kids’ activities have gone into high gear, you’re tackling that big reorganizing project, or life is just crazy in general,  there are times when we can get stretched too thin and our crafting time takes a back seat.

So how can you make the most of the creative time you do have? Give yourself a head start! Here’s my five favorite quick and easy ways to create layouts faster:

  1. Don’t recreate the wheel. Take a quick peek through your own gallery or pull one of your albums off the shelf. Find 3-5 favorite page designs and make a quick sketch of each one. The next time you sit down to scrapbook, use one of these pages for inspiration. You’ve already created the design once, so the time consuming design decisions have already been made.
  2. Start at the end. The next time you have a stack of scraps on your table from a project, grab a piece of cardstock or subtle background paper and create a Starting Point layout (a concept created by Shimelle Laine). Trim your scraps into different sized boxes or strips and arrange them to create a versatile background. Leave your Starting Point layout on your desk and the next time you want to scrapbook, you will already have a page just waiting to be finished with photos, embellishments and journaling. Continue Reading →
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Cards | Thinking of You [Pebbles]

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To close out Card Annex’s American Crafts brands feature week, we have a great card from designer Sharon Callis! Today we are focusing on Pebbles again!

This card highlights two of the best cardmaking Basics from the Pebbles brand – Cardmaking Pads and Card Sentiment Phrases stickers. These quick and easy basics make whipping up a card on demand problem-free!

Pairing the simple basics with some bling is the perfect way to quickly create a jazzy card. Sharon used a lot of bling paired with a strip of ribbon to create a visual block. With that level of detail and shine, that is all that is needed for a beautiful card!

Another thing to note about this card is that Sharon’s color palette establishes a tone for the message. The gray and blue gray palette sets a more serious tone for the sentiment of the card than if “thinking of you” was accompanied by bright pink or a cheery yellow. Sometimes an exuberant color palette isn’t appropriate to the reason for the card. This card’s palette is sensitive to those occasions.

Supplies | Card: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 1). Stickers: Pebbles Card Sentiment Phrases (Thinking of You). Ribbon: Webster’s Pages. Gems: Habico. Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner).

Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.


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